Hurricanes have wind speeds of 74-156 mph and they do major damage in any area they hit. This post should you prepare for a hurricane, will help you decide what to do and how to plan accordingly. Weather services will be broadcasting the conditions and if the hurricane is headed your way, they will be advising you to get out and drive to a safer area.
You will need to decide whether to go or stay
Evacuate or Not?
I’ve been in one hurricane with the winds reaching 80 mph.
This caused power outages at my house for 4 days.
The effects of having no power meant no water was running, we weren’t able to cook, and there was intense discomfort due to the heat inside of the house.
Our one street out was blocked by a tree so in order to get out after the hurricane, the neighborhood got together to cut up the tree to provide one lane to drive through.
Thankfully, no major damage was done to the house and we had enough food and water to get by until the stores reopened and restocked.
Probably should have considered leaving as I didn’t know how long we would be without power.
2nd time I considered leaving was when Dorian was hitting the Bahamas with some of the strongest winds ever recorded.
Yep, this happened this month, September 2019.
It was heading toward Miami, FL and was predicted to hit the GA coastline within 3 days.
People around here were in a panic, buying out all the food in grocery stores, filling up their cars with gas, and buying out all types of accessories they thought they would need.
Generators were bought for possible power shortages.
I was told by customers who bought generators from Lowes’ that they had a sign up stating generators could not be returned.
I guess this was because a lot of people returned their generators after the last hurricane, with many having fuel in them.
So, you know the supplies were short and many people didn’t get what they wanted and needed.
Panic was in the streets as people feared Dorian hitting and causing all sorts of destruction to their property.
Now the National weather service put out an advisory to evacuate and get to a safer place, so many headed for Atlanta, GA.
2.8 million people were headed there causing major problems with the interstate going north to Atlanta.
You sat in your car and moved slowly to your destination. Not exactly a place I wanted to be.
Since the National Wheather Service advocated mandatory evacuation, all the hotels in Atlanta were booked and were paid for in advance.
Don’t know if the hotels gave people their money back if they didn’t make it to the hotel.
The results of Dorian caused businesses to close, lose sales and profits, and employees of these businesses to suffer lost wages.
Now this was the aftermath and if Dorian had hit the GA coast it would have caused far more destruction and possible loss of life, so you have to see why the National Weather service advocated this.
With this hurricane, I didn’t make a decision until the last minute as I had sufficient food, water, and a place to stay that was comfortable. Dorian didn’t hit the coast and no hard winds hit us so I stayed.
As you can see, there are consequences whether you stay or go, it’s your decision and it’s one that can have powerful consequences for you and your family.
Here are 2 plans for you to consider.
A Plan If You Have Little Money For Emergencies
There will be lots of neighborhoods that will be without power.
Without power, you will not have your stove and microwave oven for cooking.
You’ll also be without water and have no lights when it gets dark.
You or one of your family members could get hurt. How will you clean and treat them?
Without power, you will not have a way to get news of the hurricane easily.
Now the dangers you may have if you venture out into your area.
Things like fallen trees that are hard to get around, down power lines that you need to avoid, and gas leaks that can cause serious injury.
Here’s a list of items you should have on hand that will help you during this stressful time.
- Flashlights so you can see at night or solar lanterns. Make sure the batteries will last 7 days as it may take that long for services to return to normal or for help to arrive
- A camping stove for cooking.
- Matches and a water-resistant lighter
- Water. Figure on 1 gallon a day per person. Fill up your plastic jugs and to make sure you have enough water, fill up your bathtubs and sinks as well.
- Food: Have enough on hand for a minimum of 3 days and preferably 7. Make sure the food is non-perishable like the MRE Meals ready to eat food pack. Cans are good too.
- Shelter: The basement, closet, or a room with few windows is best. This helps you avoid flying debris and other objects that can cut and hurt you.
- A battery-operated radio for news. Make sure the batteries are fresh and will last up to 7 days.
- A first aid kit with saline solution for cleaning cuts and wounds, bandages, and medicine you need including prescript
- Make sure you have a cleanup and repair plan for your property. There are lots of scammers after a storm. Use vendors who you have used before and have trusted. You can also ask friends and family for their recommendations for the vendors they use.
You can buy the supplies you need from stores in the area or go online and buy the emergency packs you need.
That’s the basic plan.
A Plan If You Have More Money For Emergencies
Get all the above items + a generator and 2 -4 weeks of extra food.
The extra food is for those of you who are in more rural areas and may not have services restored for a while.
If you want more comfort in your house, then you will want to buy a generator.
Just remember there are some vendors who will not take the item back after a storm. Remember Lowes.
Take action and get the products before it’s too late to purchase them.
If you ever need a hand or have questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,